We all know about some of the usual gear we have to take on a skiing or snowboarding holiday; ski jacket, boots, thermal underwear and waterproof gloves. But have you considered investing in a helmet for your next skiing or snowboarding trip? In recent years the use of helmets has become a talking point for snow sports enthusiasts, with many questions being raised. Are they really necessary? Will a helmet actually protect you when it comes to a major accident? Does a helmet impede your performance?
While it isn’t compulsory to wear a helmet on the slopes, it is now highly recommended. Here are the top reasons to pop a helmet on before you take off down your next black run.
> A helmet can save your life and dramatically prevent head injuries if you take a fall on the slopes. If you fall hard onto your back you are likely to hit your head on hard-packed snow which can cause concussions and worse. Not to mention the numerous obstacles which skiers have to weave in and out of you – trees, railings and other skiers to name but a few. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
> Research has shown that under 16s are more likely to have an accident on the slopes, than adults. Ensuring that your children wear helmets when skiing will put your mind at ease and help to protect them should the worst happen.
> A helmet can actually provide good protection from the elements too. At the top of a mountain in sub-zero temperatures and extreme wind chill, you will be thankful for any headgear that keeps the ice off your ears.
So now that we’ve (hopefully) convinced you to wear a helmet, what do you need to look for? Choosing the perfect helmet for you can be tricky, especially when it comes to the choosing the right fit. Here are a few things to check out when you try on your new ski helmet.
1. Check that the helmet conforms to safety standards. The Central European (CE) standard EN1077 is an industry guide which, when displayed on a product, tells you that your helmet meets safety standards for the slopes. This is important as it ensures that your helmet has met certain standards and design specifications. All Trespass snowsports helmets meet this standard.
2. Try before you buy. When you try on a new helmet it should fit snugly to your head, without it being too tight or constricting. Place your hand on top of your head and try shifting the helmet backwards and forwards – if it moves the fit is too loose. The ear pads should be fitted against your ears and feel comfortable. If you’re trying on in store, keep your ski helmet on for a couple of minutes and try moving your head around in different directions. This will give you a better indication of how the helmet will fit when you are on the go.
3. Look at the venting. The same advice that applies to ski jackets and pants, also goes for ski helmets. As you work up a sweat on the slopes, you will want your helmet to allow your skin to breathe. Lots of helmets have adjustable vents that will increase breathability and let cool air in to stop you from overheating.
4. Consider a ski helmet liner. A lot of snowsports helmets allow room for you to wear a helmet liner. A liner adds extra protection from cold weather and is also washable, so it will keep your helmet fresh and hygienic. Wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding this season, is becoming the norm. As we have shown there are a lot of benefits to protecting yourself with a helmet, particularly if you want your kids to be protected or if you are a beginner just starting to hone your skills. Trespass has a variety of ski helmets for men, women and children so the whole family can stay safe on the slopes this winter.